We’ve had lots of new Duke basketball recruiting developments over the past week.
While Blue Devil fans are still eagerly awaiting an announcement from 2016 5-star center Marques Bolden, the Duke coaches have also been busy on the road, extending offers to targets in future classes.
Every Friday, the Duke basketball recruiting roundup features some of the biggest stories related to Duke commitments and targets.
Here are the highlights from this past week.
Breaking Down the Top Prospects in the 2017 Class
It’s a rather awkward video, but numerous Duke targets were mentioned in this feature by Sports Illustrated that looks at some of the top prospects in the 2017 class who are competing in the EYBL. Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter, Trae Young, and Kevin Knox all hold offers from the Blue Devils, and Duke has reportedly made Bamba and Knox two of its biggest priorities for the class of 2017.
Duke Offers 2017 5-star Hamidou Diallo
After seeing him in action at the Nike EYBL in Brooklyn last weekend, it didn’t take long for the Duke coaching staff to extend a scholarship offer to Hamidou Diallo, according to 247Sports. The 6’4”, 170-pound shooting guard from Putnam Science Academy in New York is the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports Composite.
Duke Offers 2018 5-star Romeo Langford
In addition to offering a scholarship to Diallo, the top-ranked shooting guard in the 2017 class, Duke also extended an offer to Romeo Langford, the top-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2018. Langford is a 6’4”, 170-pounder from New Albany, IN. It was a huge week for Langford, who also received offers from Kentucky and Kansas. As a sophomore, he averaged 29.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while helping lead his high school team to a state title.
When Will Marques Bolden Decide?
Marques Bolden is one of the few elite 2016 recruits still undecided on where he’ll be attending college, which has various fanbases on pins and needles, especially Duke and Kentucky. According to this report from Kyle Tucker for USA Today Sports and a quote from Evan Daniels of Scout, a decision and announcement could come at any moment. There’s an outside chance that TCU could also be a factor in Bolden’s decision, though many believe it’s down to Duke and Kentucky.
Duke Offers 2017 PG Tremont Waters
Another offer extended by the Duke basketball program this week was to Tremont Waters, a 4-star point guard in the 2017 class, who tweeted about receiving the offer from the Blue Devils. Waters is a 5’11”, 160-pounder from New Haven, Conn., who’s the No. 11 point guard in his class in the 247Sports Composite. According to D1Circuit, Waters was very impressive at the Nike EYBL in Brooklyn last weekend, averaging 17 points, 5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals.
Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup! If you have questions, let me know on Twitter at @davidmaldridge.